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So you want to learn Tarot?

If you want to learn Tarot then you have to wait until someone gifts you a deck. If you purchase it yourself you will have bad luck! Ha! That is not true. Have you ever heard something like that before? I purchased my own deck and later heard about how it was bad luck but I don't believe in superstitions. I had a strong urge to have a Tarot Deck and learn what it was all about and everything has turned out just fine.

Now if you have been thinking about a deck, get one. I suggest you start off with a Rider Waite Deck because it is the one most commonly referenced in books and on websites when looking up meanings and many decks use a lot of the same symbolism of the 1910 publication.

To get started I suggest you:

  1. Get a tarot deck

  2. Get a journal

  3. Schedule time to work with the deck for about 5-15 minutes every day (first thing in the morning worked well for me)

  4. Pick a card (random or in order) and journal first thing that comes to mind

  5. Look up meaning, write down what resonates

  6. Consider the card through out the day

Here are some of my favorite self study resources:

  1. It's free! It lists descriptions of all the cards and includes a free course to get you started.

  2. The New Tarot Handbook by Rachel Pollack. Her book Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom is more well known and in depth but I prefer short and sweet.

  3. The Tarot School, get on their Tarot Tips mailing list for esoteric insights. Also to find out about their Tarot Salon (going virtual) and the annual Readers Studio Tarot Conference.

  4. The Fools Dog tarot Apps for both iPhone and Android. If you want to have tarot on your phone. These are the best apps out there. The best part is you get the whole deck and book for easy and quick reference for about $3.99. If you are not ready to make a financial commitment commitment download the Tarot Sampler otherwise I suggest you start with The Classic 1910 Tarot.

  5. The Tarot Lady Theresa Reed has a ton of information on her website and she does daily Tarot, Transits and Tangents Live videos on Instagram, she has two podcasts, and she is the author of multiple books, including Tarot No Questions Asked: Mastering the Art of Intuitive Reading, and so much more!

  6. These are my Favorite decks:

    1. Smith-Waite Centennial Tarot Deck in a Tin by US Games Systems - This is the deck that is used as a reference in most books and is widely used as an example.

    2. Gaian Tarot by Joanna Powell Colbert

    3. Tarot De St. Croix by Lisa de St. Croix

    4. Alchemical Tarot by Robert M Place

    5. The Motherpeace Round Tarot Deck by Karen Vogel and Vicki Nobel

Do you have a tarot deck? Which was your first one? Did you buy it yourself? Was it a gift? What is your favorite deck? How do you use tarot? Tell me all about it.

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